How long has June been Men’s Health Month?

June is jam-packed with awareness months, from Pride to Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, Disability Awareness Month, PTSD Awareness Month, Audiobook Appreciation Month, and Men’s Health Month. With so much to be aware of, it’s easy to overlook the importance of Men’s Health Month, but this awareness campaign is particularly vital in today’s world.

Why is it so crucial? Well, statistically speaking, men die five years younger than women, often because of outdated notions of masculinity that prevent them from seeking medical help until it’s too late. This reluctance to prioritize their health leads to even worse outcomes when it comes to mental health, resulting in a suicide rate four times higher for men than women.

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The history of Men’s Health Month dates back to June 1994, making this year the 30th anniversary. Its inception aimed to promote regular health check-ups for men, break down the stigma surrounding seeking help, and encourage those around men to support and advocate for their health needs.

Campaigns during Men’s Health Month primarily focus on medical issues that predominantly affect men, such as prostate and testicular cancer awareness. Events like Health Fairs offer screening services for blood pressure, cholesterol, and body fat, while also promoting healthy cooking habits and providing fitness demonstrations.

The official color of Men’s Health Month is blue, symbolized by a blue ribbon to mark awareness. This ties into a fundraising initiative called “Wear Blue Day,” which is typically held in the workplace on the Friday before Father’s Day, falling this year on June 14th.

So, if you know someone who could benefit from a check-up to ensure they’ll be around for years to come, be sure to make them aware of Men’s Health Month. It’s a reminder that prioritizing health is not just important—it’s essential for a long and fulfilling life.